Washington State assisted suicide group: death may take hours

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A Washington State assisted suicide lobby group is informing its “clients” that death by assisted suicide may take many hours.  In their document, Death with Dignity – Preparing for the last day, End of Life Washington states: Every individual is different and time to death after taking the …

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Assisted suicide for mental illness: Why safeguards won’t work.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Impact Ethics published the most recent article by the renowned psychiatrist, Dr. John Maher, who argues that euthanasia for mental illness should not be permitted and safeguards will not work. Last month Dr. Maher was published by CBC News, explaining “Why legalizing (MAiD) for mental illness is misguided: Suicide …

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Euthanasia clinic shuts down amid Coronavirus Crisis

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition [EPC] The Netherlands euthanasia clinic, Euthanasia Expertise Center, has temporarily shut-down amid the Coronavirus crisis.  This is the euthanasia clinic that reported euthanasia requests, in 2019, were up by 22% and euthanasia deaths increased to 898 from 727 in 2018. This is also the euthanasia clinic that specializes in euthanasia …

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Euthanasia saves money and provides organs for donation, academics assert

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada legalized euthanasia on June 17, 2016. On January 23, 2017, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published a study by Aaron J. Trachtenberg MD DPhil, Braden Manns MD MSc titled: “Cost analysis of medical assistance in dying.”  The researchers in that study found that Canada’s healthcare …

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Oregon assisted suicide deaths increase again in 2019

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The 2019 Oregon assisted suicide report indicates that the number of assisted suicide deaths is up in 2019 over 2018.  As with prior years, the report implies that the deaths were voluntary (self-administered), but the information in the report does not address that subject. According to the 2019 Oregon assisted …

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More than 100 Massachusetts doctors urge lawmakers to reject assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The State House News Service reported over the weekend that more than 100 Massachusetts doctors and healthcare professionals signed a letter urging lawmakers to reject assisted suicide. The open letter organized by the Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide, read “As physicians and healthcare professionals, we embrace a culture …

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UN disability expert concerned about euthanasia, assisted suicide and the New Eugenics

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Catalina Devandas, who was designated as the first Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities in June 2014 by the UN Human Rights Council, published a statement to accompany their report concerning the New Eugenics and ableism in medical practise. Devandas expresses her concerns on the …

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British Columbia Hospice looking at legal options after government cuts funding.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Canadian Press reported that a hospice society in British Columbia is outraged by the governments decision to stop its funding because it refuses to provide (MAiD) euthanasia. Angelina Ireland, President of the Delta Hospice, told the Canadian Press: …if the government wants to implement medical help in …

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Canada’s federal government asks Quebec court for 4 month extension to amend euthanasia law.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada’s Justice Minister, the Hon. David Lametti and the Attorney General of Canada the Hon. Patty Hajdu has asked a Quebec Superior Court for a four month extension to amend Canada’s euthanasia law. The  Quebec Superior Court’s decision, in September 2019, struck down the requirement in Canada’s …

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Canada must learn lessons from Belgium on assisted dying

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition I had the opportunity recently to attend a presentation by Trudo Lemmens a Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Toronto, who spoke about the lessons Canadians need to learn from Belgium’s euthanasia law. Prof. Lemmens posted an opinion piece January …

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Another Canadian Hospice is being pressured to do euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition For the past several months the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has been writing about the plight of the Delta Hospice Society. The British Columbia Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, ordered the Delta Hospice to do euthanasia [“Medical Assistance in Dying”–MAiD] or lose government funding. A similar situation exists …

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Canada’s Justice Minister says that euthanasia may be expanded to include people with mental illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Justice Minister David Lametti told CBC Radio One’s The House that , based on the recent online euthanasia consultation questionnaire , Canadians want more access to  Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)–euthanasia.  Lametti said: “There does seem to be a clear tendency that Canadians are largely in agreement that …

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